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Goddess Sheetala – Shitala Mata

In Hinduism, Goddess Shitala, or Sheetala Mata, is considered an aspect of Shakti. Popularly she is the Hindu goddess of small pox in North India and is known to spread the dreaded disease and cure it. In rural India, she is also considered as an incarnation of Goddess Parvati and Durga, which are two forms of Shakti. Goddess Shitala is popular as Mariamman in Tamil Nadu. She is undoubtedly one of the most popular rural deities and her origin can be traced to the days of Nature Worship.



Legend has it that Goddess Shitala wears a red-colored dress and rides around the villages in North India on a donkey (ass) and inflicting people with the dreaded pox – small pox, chicken pox etc. Symbolically, she represents Nature’s power of generating viruses causing disease and Nature’s healing power and is of tribal origin. She is depicted having four hands. In her four hands she carries a silver broom, winnow fan, small bowl and a pitcher with Gangajal, holy water from River Ganga. Occasionally,…

Story of Kamdev as son of Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi

There are numerous stories in Hindu Puranas and scriptures regarding the birth of Kamdev. As per one narration, Kamdev is the son of Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi.

Before the union of Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi, pleasure was unknown to living beings.

When Lakshmi and Vishnu became one and they created Kamdev, the lord of pleasure.

Kamdev went around the world showing living beings world of joy.
With his arrival, living beings began to see delight in nature.

Ganika in Hindu Religion

Ganika in Hindu religion is a maiden who makes her living by means of her personal beauty, her skills in the fine arts and capacity to provide pleasure. Some scholars equate her with harlot or courtesan. The term is also used to refer to a woman who makes a living by her beauty. (ganika rupajiva).

In some ancient kingdoms, the most beautiful woman was appointed as a ganika and it was a respectable post.

As per Arthashastra, Ganika was inducted to the profession only if she so desires.

Patronage and maintenance of a Ganika was seen as a status symbol in ancient times.
They were also associated with dance and temple arts.

Jyeshta Mahina 2017 in Hindi North Indian Calendars – Jaishta Month 2017

Jyeshta Mahina is the third month in a traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in North India. Jyeshta Mahina 2017 is from May 11 to June 9. This calendar is followed mainly in Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Haryana, Bihar and Chhattisgarh and other North India states. A month is calculated from the day after Purnima or full moon to the next Purnima. The year in the Hindi Calendar is Saka 2074.

Chaturthi Vrat or Sankashti Ganesh Chaturti in Jyeshta 2017 is May 14, Moonrise or Chandrdaya Time is 9:49 PM.

A celibate is one who is not a slave of his body – Anandmurti Gurumaa

A celibate is one who is not a slave of his body.

One who is established in Brahman is a celibate.

One does not become a celibate just by wearing certain clothes or sporting a ponytail.

Yogis have described practices for married individuals – how the husband should love his wife so that the love does not become lust.

Ancient sages did not regard sex and divinity as incompatible.
Sankhya Yoga says that the one whose sense organs are controlled, whose mind is stilled and intellect is refined, such a person is always in a state of supreme bliss.
– Anandmurti Gurumaa

Hindu Calendar Today – May 10, 2017 – Purnima Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 – Purnima Tithi or the full moon day inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waxing phase of moon till 12:13 AM on May 10. Then onward it isPurnima Tithi or the full moon day till 1:52 AM on May 11. Then onward it isKrishna Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is May 10, 2017 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is not a good date. Nakshatra – Swathi or Chothi Nakshatra till 1:50 PM on May 10. Then onward it is Vishaka or Vishakam Nakshatram till 4:12 PM on May 11.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Swathi or Chothi Nakshatra 2:34 PM on May 10. Then onward it is Vishaka or Vishakam Nakshatram till 5:19 PM on May 11.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Tula Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Tula Rashi.

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